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What is the Luckiest thing that's ever happened to you?

Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 7:02pm

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I was cruising Reddit today, and came across this topic which I thought would have some pretty interesting responses. So then...



What's the luckiest thing that's ever happened to you?
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 7:48pm

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My existence.
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You Bryce. You're the luckiest thing that's ever happened to me.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 8:38pm

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Fxhome rolleyes
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Movies. And not dying of a life-threatening heart disease.
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Not dying on my second time skiing would have to take the cake for me. It was basically something out of a movie:

I was going down the second-to-easiest slope, which also happens to be from where most of the other slopes start. The hardest one was a tiny path (maybe two meters wide) with tons of huge bumps that curved wildly around in the middle of some trees. As I passed in front of the beginning of that path, expecting to just keep going past it, one of my skis hit an ice patch while my other one hit a random bump. I was sent careening into the forest without a clue as to what was going on. Somehow, and I have no real idea how, I managed to flail wildly around in a way that kept me on the path (stopping was impossible as it was mostly iced over, and trees were so close that I would inevitably crash into one by turning my skis sideways). I was in the air half the time due to the large bumps.

This lasted for maybe 2-3 minutes, though it felt like 15. Then the actual crazy part happened: I hit a particularly large bump that was right in front of two trees, at a point where the path just swerved around them. Unfortunately, I was going so fast that I left the path entirely, somehow flew right in between the two large tree trunks while getting my skis ripped off, and landed on the path on the other side on my back.

I ended up sliding for a good few meters until the path swerved again and I bumped into a pile of snow, at the base of a tree with a picture of that red nascar car from "Cars" nailed to it.
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When my ex-wife divorced me.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 10:42pm

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Pooky, that incident reminds of sometime this summer when I was bouncing on a trampoline. I fell back with the intention of springing right back up. I misjudged how close I was to the edge though and my head slammed between two springs (No I done have cover for the springs and bar). My head missed the bar by inches and at the rate I was falling it was a concussion for sure if I had hit. One of those things that gets you thinking, "if I had been back few more inches"....
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I was next to a river following a guy across. It was a really, really shallow part (only about an inch deep), but the water was going extremely fast. I stepped onto that supposed crossing and the water dragged me into a basin that was about 10 feet deep. I hit the side and barely missed continuing down the current, where I might well have drowned or been whacked fatally on the head.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 2:25am

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This went from "luckiest thing" to "omg I totally almost died" pretty quick. If not dying is lucky, then I must be pretty lucky, since that happens to me every day. wink

I found $100 in twenties on the street one time, mixed in with rain and leaves. Oh, and then I totally almost died!

Ps. Bryce, you started the topic, yet you didn't tell us how you almost died. What gives?
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 2:44am

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When I was diagnosed with testicular cancer out of the blue, then a secondary screening (and many embarassing moments) later found out it was a total misdiagnosis. Really really 'impending doom' kind of scary, not as urgent as almost getting hit by a car or anything, but a lot less fleeting. biggrin
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In my experience, there's no such thing as luck.

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Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 9:10am

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Probably not dying, choked on a mint for about 15 minutes until eventually moving the mint from the air pipe in my neck to the one where the food goes, allowing me to swallow it. Man, that was lucky.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 9:15am

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Agent 702 wrote:

I fell back with the intention of springing right back up. I misjudged how close I was to the edge though and my head slammed between two springs (No I done have cover for the springs and bar).
Oh I done something like that, I bounced, my foot landed in between the bars, stuck there, and with the foot in the same position fell back and slammed my head on the floor.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 10:58am

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Luckiest thing to ever happen to me: By 'luckiest' I tend to think 'most unlikely', in which case it's probably meeting my partner. The cosmic chances of us meeting were so slim that it's quite remarkable, really.

OMG I TOTALLY ALMOST DIED WHILE SKIING ANECDOTE: Went over the crest of a hill, going extremely fast, to discover a line of ski-school students, spread out neatly across the width of the entire piste, such that you only saw them as you popped over the top of the hill. I was going too fast to stop easily. There was a small gap between two of the students, so I thought "I can make that gap." Then as I closed in, the two students started to drift uncontrollably towards each other (in the way that new skiers tend to), closing the gap like something out of James Bond movie. By the time I reached them the gap was so small that I had to go through on one leg, and after about 25 metres of tipping from one ski to the other I finally exploded into a ball of equipment, clothing and snow and slid another 25 metres down the slope.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 11:03am

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Being born...

Professionally speaking though...

#1 = when I was 22, the teaser trailer to my feature film "Fingerman: Dr. London and the Triangle Force" was picked out of 12,000 submissions and used for Spielberg's "On The Lot" promotions (despite the fact that I didn't even sign up to be on the show!). The teaser/promo subsequently made it onto the season finale of American Idol, 24, Family Guy, Simpsons, Bones, and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader...at the time those shows had a combined total of over 50 million viewers. Basically that event single handedly legitimized me as a contending talent in the eyes of others and secured my current ability to work for a living as a full time professional filmmaker/director of photography out in Los Angeles.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 11:05am

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Interesting, aj! I remember that being on American Idol and had wondered what kind of impact (if any) it had made on your careers. Has it led directly to work, then?
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 11:12am

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Most definitely Tarn. Since then I have been lucky enough to be DoP (Director of Photography) on a total of 10 feature films. 2 of those films are going to be released in theaters limited (Landmark Theaters only) in March and then will be dropped on DVD at this year's Comic Con Convention. The two films are The Lost Skeleton Returns Again (Sequel to the cult classic from Sony Pictures titled "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra) and the second one is Dark and Stormy Night (the biggest film I have shot so far - budget was over a million dollars).

It really all started because of that On The Lot thing though, that whole year after I was able to secure constant work. I have done tons of music videos, commercials, short films, trailers, and more - but it really was that immediate legitimizing recognition that helped me get all that work and as a result - more material for the reel, more networking, and you get the picture... Since then I have been able to continue working without having an agent or manager but I have decided 2010 is the year I'm going to pursue those avenues. I feel like I am experienced enough to move on to much higher-end work and one really needs the help of others to take things to that next level. I've got some pretty cool stuff lined up this year that I won't talk much about until I'm actually doing it...but I will be posting some links soon to stuff.

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Sounds great! Do keep us posted when you're able to say what you're working on. smile

All we need now is some kind of parallel universe device which enables us to see where you'd be now if you hadn't got the On The Lot promo. wink
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 11:20am

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Lol...who knows. I do know that I am grateful for it though...and I'm glad I was able to parlay it that year because it really made the difference. No one cares much about it now since On The Lot sucked anyway but at the time there was a lot of hype around it and I was able to use that to my advantage.

I just had a conversation with my sales agent for Fingerman today. Between us, I'm going to snag the rights back from them since the contract is up in a month, and from there either self distribute or try and get some Netflix/Target.com/Bestbuy.com style distribution like Eastern College did. I just want to get it out there already!

AJ
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Quote Aculag
"I found $100 in twenties on the street one time, mixed in with rain and leaves. Oh, and then I totally almost died! "



Yep my luckiest day was when I lost a $100 bundle of $20 forged notes just before the Swat Team arrived with guns blazing.
Strangely they leapt on this other guy ,who had been rummaging in the rain sodden grass with a big grin on his face and to add to my luck I
nearly died that day...................laughing. biggrin

Dave

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Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 1:08pm

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Life is such a delicate balance...
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 2:33pm

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Wow, I have never had that many close calls, I must be unlucky!

I found a dollar once...
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ben3308 wrote:

When I was diagnosed with testicular cancer out of the blue, then a secondary screening (and many embarassing moments) later found out it was a total misdiagnosis. Really really 'impending doom' kind of scary, not as urgent as almost getting hit by a car or anything, but a lot less fleeting. biggrin
Haha, what? Do you seriously consider this your luckiest moment? I can understand feeling relieved, but it's a stretch to say that being informed that you were improperly diagnosed with cancer is lucky... Unless you're like the unluckiest guy of all time, and finding out that you don't have testicular cancer is lucky because you do have six other kinds of cancer, all of which are inoperable, and you've had them since birth. In which case, there should be a 60 Minutes Special about you, because you have such an inspiring tale of hope and optimism! wink

Seriously, though. That's like saying "I'm lucky because I bought some spinach, and then threw it away when I found out it was possibly infected with E. Coli." You weren't ever actually in any danger, you only knew that the possibility of danger existed, which it does at all times anyway.

Maybe my definition of "lucky" is different than yours.

"I'm lucky to have survived that collapsing building."
"I'm lucky to have met the perfect woman for me."
"I'm lucky to have found a golden ticket in this Wonka bar."
"I'm lucky to have been misdiagnosed by my doctor, and then later, properly diagnosed."
One of these does not belong.
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Luckiest thing that happend to me... Hm... My girlfriend. smile

Other then that:

I was born with a brain disorder. I have an abnormally high brain activity, which means, apart from the fact I'm hyperactive and sleep very little, that my brain sometimes couldn't cope with the stress and I had sort of epileptic attacks that were quite heavy, especially around my puberty and into my early 20's.

I've also developped an oversensitivity for neuro-toxins - chemicals which attack and kill brain cells like alcohol, aether, or THC which resulted in complete breakdowns whenever I got in contact with these substances by accident (mainly the unfortunately countless weed smokers here) usually ending up with me in the hospital. Very painful.

The luckiest moment in my life wasn't really a "moment"; but it was when, slowly but surely, my attacks started to get less strong until they stopped entirely about 3 years ago. Haven't had an episode ever since and I hope it'll stay that way.
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Luckiest thing that happend to me had to be the birth of my Son.
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Well, I really don't have much to boast about on the "lucky" side of things, besides maybe not getting caught in a few sticky situations and not dying in a few other situations, but I'd like to think that's because I still have most of my life to look forward to. I mean, I haven't even hit 18 yet, so the greatest opportunities (where my luck is really put to the test) have yet to come yet.

Just .02
Posted: Sat, 16th Jan 2010, 1:03am

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Thrawn wrote:

Well, I really don't have much to boast about on the "lucky" side of things, besides maybe not getting caught in a few sticky situations and not dying in a few other situations, but I'd like to think that's because I still have most of my life to look forward to. I mean, I haven't even hit 18 yet, so the greatest opportunities (where my luck is really put to the test) have yet to come yet.

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Man you're luckyness in my eyes is the fact you're still under 18. You can do stunts and not hurt yourself too bad...or even if you do you heal fast. You can get caught doing things illegal and not go to jail. When I try to do stunts in movies now it hurts like a mofo plus health insurance is expensive and going to the hospital costs like 2grand. As for doing stuff illegal (like gunfights for movies without permits and stuff)...well I still do that...lol...but it's jail time for me if I get caught or again it's expensive to hire a lawyer or whatever. Almost got arrested on a helicopter pad the other night while shooting a musician playing a cover song. Security guard took $100 to let us go scott free.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yydOG2pSgs

PS I watched liberal interrogation that was a pretty funny concept man

AJ
Posted: Sat, 16th Jan 2010, 6:55am

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ajjax44 wrote:

Thrawn wrote:

Well, I really don't have much to boast about on the "lucky" side of things, besides maybe not getting caught in a few sticky situations and not dying in a few other situations, but I'd like to think that's because I still have most of my life to look forward to. I mean, I haven't even hit 18 yet, so the greatest opportunities (where my luck is really put to the test) have yet to come yet.

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Man you're luckyness in my eyes is the fact you're still under 18. You can do stunts and not hurt yourself too bad...or even if you do you heal fast. You can get caught doing things illegal and not go to jail. When I try to do stunts in movies now it hurts like a mofo plus health insurance is expensive and going to the hospital costs like 2grand. As for doing stuff illegal (like gunfights for movies without permits and stuff)...well I still do that...lol...but it's jail time for me if I get caught or again it's expensive to hire a lawyer or whatever. Almost got arrested on a helicopter pad the other night while shooting a musician playing a cover song. Security guard took $100 to let us go scott free.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yydOG2pSgs

PS I watched liberal interrogation that was a pretty funny concept man

AJ
Well I suppose you have a point. I'd better go do illegal stuff and do dangerous now before I hit eighteen.. wink

Oh and thanks for watching liberal interrogation. smile You're the first celebrity that's taken notice of it wink
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Thrawn wrote:


Oh and thanks for watching liberal interrogation. smile You're the first celebrity that's taken notice of it wink
eek Dooooooood. I am nowhere near a celebrity, I just work here man.
AJ tard
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I figured I'd join in on this.

Luckiest thing that has happened to me in a good while (besides being alive and healthy - as well as my fam and friends). Was last Monday when I landed my new full time job as an assistant editor/game capture specialist at Ayzenberg.

They specialize in video game brand marketing. The capture specialist is the coolest part though. I get to go into game builds with special tools that allow me as many options as a real camera would (and then some) to set up scenes and pull shots for game trailers.

Everyone in there from the CG artists, writers, producers, animators, directors and editors are all gamers. I usually don't post my industry jobs but this one is stupidly cool, imo. So not only am I in the industry but I'm in the gaming industry! And I'm already E3 confirmed cool

Paid to play games... Ridiculous...
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Trip...still can't get over how much that is www.bomb.com/theish.html
It's the perfect gig for you man. Hell yea.
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Staying alive...
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Yeah, the Bee Gees really had an impact on me as well.
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Actually something happened to me recently and I want to share this story so other idiots like me don't do this.

I was shooting some war sequences for a friend with live mortars, my first step into live action pyro. We had already none numerous takes with out flaw so we started getting a little to at ease with it. After finishing one take, the actor stood up brushed himself off, and saw smoke rising from a near by palm tree. It was only a very small fire so we where laughing at our stupidity and throwing dirt on it to put it out. After the fire was nearly dead, one off us had the common scene to check the back of the tree... which was up and flames. As soon as we had this revelation, the fire spread back around the tree and sparks and flames came very close to other, near by trees.

At this point, I wanted to throw up. Would I be thrown in jail for arson? Would I cause someone to lose their house, or maybe even their life. This was one of the scariest things that have ever happened to me while shooting. LUCKILY, there was a pond within thirty feet of the tree. We started to use the army helmets to scoop up water and soak the tree, which to out good fortune, worked. There where enough of us that we could soak the area surrounding the fire faster than it could spread. This all happened within three to five minutes. We where so lucky to have a pond that close, or I know for a fact we would have gotten really grounded wink.

Please don't play with pyrotechnics if you don't know what you are doing, all joking aside, we could have cost a lot of damage. Your movie is not worth someones life.
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Rockfilmers wrote:

Please don't play with pyrotechnics if you don't know what you are doing, all joking aside, we could have cost a lot of damage. Your movie is not worth someones life.
A point always worth making!

With pyro you should always have someone who is trained and experienced on hand. If you want to do it yourself, it's worth looking into getting some training and a license. As Rockfilmers says, pyro stuff shouldn't be underestimated.
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Congrats CX3 on landing the amazing job!